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Steph Sterling, Director of Government Relations and Senior Advisor

Steph Sterling is the Senior Advisor for Health and Reproductive Rights and the Director of Government Relations. She focuses on federal efforts to protect and expand women's access to reproductive health care. Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Sterling was a federal lobbyist for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, led policy and communications work for a Congressional candidate, served as professional staff on a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee subcommittee, and worked as a legislative aide to U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski. She is a graduate of Brown University and Georgetown University Law Center. Ms. Sterling and her husband live in Washington, D.C.

My Take

Senate and House Priorities: The Contrast Couldn’t Be More Striking

Posted by Steph Sterling, Director of Government Relations and Senior Advisor | Posted on: October 11, 2011 at 04:24 pm

The contrast couldn’t be more striking.

Today, the Senate is expected to address the most urgent deficit facing this country: the jobs deficit. Senators will vote tonight on the President’s plan to put people back to work and get the economy moving again. The plan would keep teachers and first responders on the job, invest in rebuilding our nation's infrastructure, provide job training, create incentives to hire the long-term unemployed, provide help for disadvantaged workers, extend emergency unemployment benefits, and prohibit discrimination against jobless workers.  


Planned Parenthood Investigation Out of Step With America’s Priorities

Posted by Steph Sterling, Director of Government Relations and Senior Advisor | Posted on: September 28, 2011 at 05:35 pm

Let’s review some facts.

According to the latest Census Bureau data, there are record numbers of poor women and children nationally, and widespread poverty and insecurity in the states. In Florida, 15.8 percent of women are poor. Women working full time, year round in Florida are paid 80 cents for every dollar paid to their male counterparts. 9.7 percent of women in Florida are unemployed. And 27.0 percent of women in Florida were uninsured.

So what is one Florida Congressman doing about it? Absolutely nothing.


Standing Up for Medicare and Medicaid Is Oh So Proper for Ladies (and Gentlemen)

On Tuesday, the House debated and voted on the “Cut, Cap, and Balance Act,” a bill which would slash Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and much more.

After several hours of debate, the bill passed on a largely party-line vote.  Not much of a surprise there. The real surprise came later.

Rep. Allen West (R-FL), who spoke in support of the bill, sent an email to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL), calling her "vile, unprofessional, and despicable," "a coward," "characterless," and "not a Lady," and demanding that she "shut the heck up" after remarks she made in opposition to the bill.


DC Abortion Ban Moves Forward in the House

Last week the House Appropriations Committee approved a bill that appropriates funding for the District of Columbia for fiscal year 2012. Unfortunately, this bill contains an all too familiar threat to women’s health and local sovereignty in the form of the DC abortion ban.